Pride is one of the chief downfalls of many a leader.
It doesn’t take much time to look and see real examples of leaders who allowed a prideful spirit to lead them astray. CEOs and executives, politicians, pastors and deacons, judges and law enforcement officers, celebrities, and even ordinary leaders in their work or homes have been subject to an elevation of pride which not only destroys their lives and the lives of those around them, but also taints those positions for some time afterwards.
How many times have we felt a sense of betrayal from people with these titles through no fault of their own, but because of the prideful attitude of someone in a similar role?
The symptoms are subtle but can be spotted early on:
- An unteachable spirit
- Manipulation to gain one’s own way or agenda
- A duplicitous life, one persona in public and another in private
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